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Design engineers report high job satisfaction

September 13 2013

Approximately nine out of 10 design engineers are satisfied with their jobs, according to an annual survey by Design News in partnership with Aerotek Inc.

“The value employees place on professional development and foreseeable career growth is quite apparent in the design engineering field,” said Hushedar Mehta, executive director at EASi, a subsidiary of Aerotek providing design and engineering solutions. “The takeaway for hiring managers is to provide workers with a clear path for career advancement – including opportunities for employees to hone their managerial skills – and not rest on the satisfaction design engineers find from exercising their problem-solving, technical and creative skills.”

Only 8 percent of respondents said they were actively seeking another job, and 21 percent said they are happy where they are. However, 32 percent said they are always open to better opportunities.

The survey asked, “In general, how satisfied are you with your career in design engineering?” Responses included:

  • Extremely satisfied: 11 percent
  • Very satisfied: 45 percent
  • Somewhat satisfied: 36 percent
  • Not very satisfied: 6 percent
  • Not at all satisfied: 1 percent

The survey also asked about hiring changes their company had experienced in the last 12 months.

  • Hiring/adding personnel: 40 percent
  • Layoffs/downsizing: 32 percent
  • Hiring freeze: 21 percent
  • Other: 7 percent

Aerotek conducted the survey in partnership with Design News earlier this summer. It included 2,125 email survey responses.

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